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Stroke Center

The Erasmus MC Stroke Center initiates research for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of stroke and neurovascular disease. We implement and evaluate new developments in translational and clinical research into high-level patient care.

About our department

Our research

What is the overall aim? 

Our mission is to improve the quality of life and survival of stroke victims by providing multidisciplinary, expert care and by carrying out clinical, translational and fundamental research. 

What are the focus areas of your research?

The Erasmus MC Stroke Center has three research lines. We focus on 1.) acute ischemic stroke; 2.) subarachnoid hemorrhage; and 3.) intracerebral hemorrhage.

Our staff

Principal Investigators

  • Prof. dr. Aad van der Lugt
  • Prof. dr. Clemens M.F. Dirven
  • Prof. dr. Diederik W.J. Dippel
  • Prof. dr. Peter J. Koudstaal

Staff members

  • Dr. Adriaan van Es
  • Dr. Bob Roozenbeek
  • Dr. Heleen M.M. van Beusekom
  • Dr. Hester F. Lingsma
  • Dr. Ruben Dammers
  • Dr. Matthieu van der Jagt
  • Prof. dr. Gerard M. Ribbers
  • Prof. dr. Eric J.G. Sijbrands
  • Prof. dr. Hence J.M. Verhagen


  • Dianne van Dam-Nolen, MSc

Research groups

  • Acute ischemic stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage



Erasmus MC Stroke Center – Acute ischemic stroke

Etiology & Risk Factors

We have two large biobanks:

  • Rotterdam Study
  • Erasmus Stroke Study

Acute treatment

Secondary prevention

  • ECST-2

Organization & Quality of Care

Erasmus MC Stroke Center – Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Acute treatment

  • CLASH trial


  • PROTECT-U study

Erasmus MC Stroke Center – Intracerebral Hemorrhage

Acute treatment